The Detroit Lions were able to get a lot of good evaluations in Buffalo on players who are right on the borderline of the 53-man cutline.
"Yeah, particularly early, I think we got some good evaluations,” head coach Jim Schwartz said after his team's 35-13 win. “It was difficult, particularly when we got that big lead; we really needed to see some of those wide receivers.
“It was difficult because you’re still throwing the ball when you’re up 32 points, but that’s just the nature of preseason games. I think in a lot of areas we were still able to get good evaluations even though the game got out of hand early."
Receiver Matt Willis led the offense with 44 snaps. He was targeted just three times, but came up with a 39-yard reception and nearly hauled in a 28-yard touchdown later, but the play was called back after replay showed he only got one foot inbounds.
Patrick Edwards was given 36 snaps. He was targeted six times and had three catches for 33 yards. Quarterback Matthew Stafford missed him twice down the field on deep passes that could have been touchdowns. Edwards dropped another one.
With starting safeties Louis Delmas and Glover Quin sitting out, Tyrell Johnson received 57 snaps on defense, or 89 percent of the defensive plays. Don Carey and Johnson are vying to become the backups at safety.
Along the offensive line, rookie LaAdrian Waddle received 43 snaps, the most among all offensive linemen. Waddle has been one of the better surprises for the Lions so far this season,
“It’s come into focus as the camp’s gone on, as preseason’s gone on,” Schwartz said of his offensive line. “But we didn’t want to rush to judgment. When it’s all said and done, the entire body of work is what they’ll be evaluated on.
Larry Warford (38) again got the most reps among the guards. Dylan Gandy got 31, Leroy Harris 29, Jake Scott 26 and Rodney Austin 24.
Jason Fox and Riley Reiff, the expected starters Week 1 vs. Minnesota, received 22 and 21 snaps, respectively.
Running back/full back Shaun Chapas got a lot of work, too. The Lions gave him 38 offensive snaps and 16 on special teams. He’s right on the cutline, too.